Heartbroken to say that FronteraFest 2021 has been cancelled. More information here.

FronteraFest 2020

Theatre from the Edge

"The fringe theater event of the Southwest!"
-Austin American Statesman

That's right: it's time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 27th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, or Mi Casa--as always and ever, FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre. Too bad there's no actual way to expect the unexpected, because that is your only hope.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with ScriptWorks, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.


The Short Fringe
January 14 - February 15, 2020
at Hyde Park Theatre

Every night we present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Plays in progress? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Short films? Multimedia? We've seen it all.

Every Saturday night is a juried "Best of the Week" performance, and the last week, February 9-13, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown in.

Head's up: Closing weekend afterparty Saturday, February 15 next door to HPT at Dane's Body Shop, catered by Sala and Betty, The Parlor, and Travis Heights Wine and Spirits. All four are festival sponsors so throw them some love and patronage!

All Short Fringe tickets now available:


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 8, 2020

A day of site-based work performed in local homes and other surprising locales, Mi Casa is consistently one of the most popular components of our festival.

Here's what you've been waiting for! A downoadable PDF guide & map to all this year's sites and performances. We begin in Hyde Park at the Elizabet Ney Museum, move down to 34th street, then jump just east of the freeway to the Cherrywood/French Place neighborhoods.

The 17 (!!) pieces include a little girl becoming a pirate ship captain, a print/fiber installation about gentrification, flamenco, film, cello + dance, a phone call at the end of a long day, and much MUCH more.

And don't miss the afterparty at the last location! Day-passes that get you into all events at all locations are available online for $15--or you can buy $6 per-venue passes with cash or credit card at the door of each venue. Events at the Ney Museum are free.

This year's curators are producer, director, and performer Anna Eisley and Marina Weikel Ramirez.

This year's artists include

  • Kelsey Oliver
  • Nino Soberon
  • Amy Litzinger
  • Kidney Chicks (Anna Eisley, Marina Weikel Ramirez, Lindsay Scarbrough, Blake Robbins)
  • Kate Taylor
  • Erin Wilborne
  • Kelli Bland
  • Siri
  • die hunger (Daniel Sullivan, Luxy Banner, Heyden Steckel, Hunter Brown)
  • Jesus Valles
  • John Calvin Pierce
  • Austin Flamenco Academy
  • Selene Bataille
  • Dena Kopolovich
  • Jessamine Dana
  • Noah Martin
  • Eva Suter
  • Kelly Goetz


The Long Fringe
January 22 - February 2, 2020
at Ground Floor Theatre

Longer productions (90 minutes or less) performed at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road: everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting edge choreography. Show descriptions and tickets now available!


Our Splendid 2020 FronteraFest Sponsors


Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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